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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
The former Solicitor for the Selinsgrove School District claims he was fired for doing his job when he advised the board to accommodate Transgender students.
“They didn’t like what I told them. I told them they needed to accommodate transgender students. They didn’t like it,’’ Carl Beard told the Orange Street News in an exclusive interview.
Beard told the OSN that accommodating Transgender students was something that both the PA Board and National Board both urged school boards to do. By advising the school of this, he was only doing his job as Solicitor, says Beard.
But Selinsgrove Board Members say they fired Beard for giving inaccurate information: that the school could lose Title 9 funding, according to a report in a local paper.
However, Beard says it is the Selinsgrove School Board is the one being inaccurate. Beard says he never told the board they were in danger of losing Title 9 funding.
“I never said that. It didn’t happen,’’ Beard told the OSN when asked about the comments.
Still, Beard says that he isn’t happy about getting fired.
“I’m disappointed,” said Beard. “There were NO issues in school only in the community and beyond. My advise was correct just unpopular.”
The issue of transgender people using bathrooms became a big issue in Selinsgrove earlier this year after a letter was sent home to parents telling them there was a change in policy that would allow transgender students to use either bathroom.
Repeated calls and emails to the Selinsgrove Superintendent’s Officer were not returned at the time of publication.